Fiona today urged people in Slough to have their diabetes risk checked. She is supporting a campaign by Diabetes UK to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Fiona said, “Over 3000 people in our part of Berkshire have type 2 diabetes and don’t know it. The number of people at risk in Slough is well above the national average. I have diabetes in my family so I know that if it is diagnosed early there is a much better chance of avoiding serious complications and consequences like amputation, blindness and stroke.
“Get checked out, one of my colleagues Phil Wilson attended a testing session in the House of Commons last year and discovered for the first time that he has the condition. He is well because he is able to understand and control his condition now that he is aware of it. I hope my constituents do the same.
“If everyone in Slough has their risk checked, we can become a healthier town.”
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said: “Diabetes can lead to devastating complications and shatters lives and families so it’s really essential that people in Slough get checked and this is why I’m delighted that Fiona Mactaggart has added her voice to this call.”